For clarity here, I'm gonna quote what I posted in the first place, which like I said, had nothing to do with me saying Army Builders outsell Core Characters...
Is he an army builder though, and thus should outsell a regular background character? Yes...
So should an Army Builder like the Hoth Rebel outsell a Cantina patron, or droid? Yes... That's what I said, so hopefully this is clear to those who misread, or didn't read my posts now.
In the case of Toys R Us, and the NY metropolitan area (quite a high sales area): when the SAGA line debuted, Toys R Us had orders in for roughly 200,000 pieces (figures) of Collection 1. The orders for Collection 2 were roughly half that, at about 100,000 pieces. Core characters, as most know, were almost exclusively in Collection 1 (with some army builders in the mix here, like Clone Troopers & Destroyer Droids), while several army builders (Geonosian Warrior, Endor Rebel Soldier, Royal Guard, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper, etc) were in Collection 2.
As for this, that seems iffy as far as the validity of the #'s if you ask me. I'm not saying you're wrong, but I don't exactly know you're right either.
Either way though, we're talking about something that's not really even relative to what was being discussed. The issue was, does the Hoth Rebel deserve as much articulation and attention as any other figure, which I feel all figures deserve the same ammount of attention personally.
As for how well army builders sold in 2002/early '03, I personally cannot find a 2002 army builder much at all anymore. It's mostly main characters left over (And mostly April 23rd junk) or some background characters like Lott Dodd, or some other boring secondary character.
SBD's, Clone Troopers, Geonosians, Battledroids (red or tan), etc... They all are gone from my local stores. That's just the Pittsburgh area of course, I don't travel all over the country anymore, and each area is different, but that's what I'm personally seeing.
And once again, nothing's fact till one sees actually #'s... Hasbro themselves have said in the past that they recognize the market for army builder figures, and that they indeed DO sell well. I'm not saying that, they have... It's why they remixed army builders multiple times in POTJ's run, why they made the e-tailer 4-packs, why they made the Clone Wars 3-packs, and it's why they're still cranking out an army builder here and there from the classic trilogy.
Like I said though, different markets during that one year window when you have a movie too, and the 3 years when you have downtime.
Jimmy said that NO army builder outsells any core character (I believe that's near exactly what he said, I lost that page it was on), but I personally don't agree with that... I think the Commtech Stormtrooper has outsold MANY core characters... I think quite a few other army builders have outsold different core characters as well.
It's pretty specific information, and nobody here can give a TRUE answer. It's just what you think, but I believe the POTJ Imp. Officer can and would outsell say the Commtech Han Solo... I think the Imp. Officer may already have outsold him actually. But nobody can back that up so it's a moot point really.